within an hour of Manchester

(52 Posts)
momwhereismy Wed 04-Jun-14 16:34:07

We have an opportunity to move to near Manchester.
Can anyone recommend a village or small, small town within an hour or so of Manchester. We want to live a bit rural and will be renting at first
Thanks :-)

Cardinal Wed 04-Jun-14 16:35:05

Up north near Bury? I'm a big fan of Ramsbottom. Very pretty, very villagey and rural, but still well connected with buses for DCs and motorways for us.

Some great schools that way too.

momwhereismy Wed 04-Jun-14 16:39:09

I was actually looking at ramsbottom! Sounds nice. Is it hard to get into the schools there? (Primary)
Thanks for your reply

mandy214 Wed 04-Jun-14 16:40:52

Actually, an hour from Manchester is a huge search area. You're looking at Liverpool to Leeds from west to east, then maybe Preston to north wales / staffordshire / derbyshire / sheffield etc north to south. And obviously everywhere in between. I think you probably need to list other criteria to narrow it down a little.

ThePerfectNegroni Wed 04-Jun-14 16:41:54

Ramsbottom, Saddleworth villages, going south to Poington and villages around there. Will you be driv

ThePerfectNegroni Wed 04-Jun-14 16:42:04

Oops.... Driving in?

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 04-Jun-14 16:42:22

If you are after rural try Knutsford, Nantwich, Sandbach or Holmes Chapel smile

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 04-Jun-14 16:46:40

We walked past the most idyllic property for sale at the bottom of Kinder Scout, near Hayfield. Tunstead Farm I think it was called. If you've got a spare £750 000 I genuinely can't think of a much more idyllic place to live <helpful>

Sadly I live the other end of the country but was just musing with DH while staying in the Peak District how nice it would be to live near Manchester and be able to access the Peak District for walks.

BarbaraPalmer Wed 04-Jun-14 16:47:33

yy to Ramsbottom. I really like it -thinking of moving there when less dependent on getting back from Manchester in time for childcare pickups.

a word of caution though - on these threads people will always mention places really far out, where you can technically get a train to Manchester Piccadilly on the train in a hour. But if you're looking for a door-to-door commute of one hour, at peak times, you probably need to be inside the M60, or very near to a station indeed. A colleague who commutes from Middlewich often finds it takes 90min+ to get in to work in the morning.

momwhereismy Wed 04-Jun-14 16:48:38

Haha i didnt want to make a list cause i thought thast would make me look picky!!
I'm just saying an hour so that it gives a bit of stretch, Leeds and Liverpool would be out as they are main towns.
Really just want a nice village, shop, supermarkets (within 20 minute), school and maybe somewhere for a beverage of a night ;-)
Meant to also say has to be on the train line to Piccadilly. I can drive but won't be driving dh in! Thanks for all the options
Not asking for much am I?!

Waves from Saddleworth

We are less than an hour.

And very pretty.

momwhereismy Wed 04-Jun-14 16:51:32

Sure I've enough to buy two at that price doyouthink ;-)
Thanks for that Barbara, that would probably be the ideal situation within 60 minutes :-\

HarryandJess Wed 04-Jun-14 16:53:24

As others have said - Ramsbottom is fab. Marple is worth a look on the Peak District side.

momwhereismy Wed 04-Jun-14 16:56:14

Saddleworth looks fabulous!
The other thing I should have said was rent would have to be reasonable (I am going off to search these places now)
Thanks ladies :-)

ThePerfectNegroni Wed 04-Jun-14 16:59:27

What do you consider reasonable rent? People living in London think £1500 for a house is a bargain, us up north think it's a fortune!

You might find it harder to find good quality rentals in rural locations. Renting is more common in big cities than villages.

Saddleworth is full of places to rent.

momwhereismy Wed 04-Jun-14 17:04:51

Around 700£ mark

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 04-Jun-14 19:38:04

How about something like this and its close to the mainline smile

Georgethesecond Wed 04-Jun-14 19:39:59

Lots of people inexplicably like Glossop.

ThePerfectNegroni Wed 04-Jun-14 19:46:35

Saddleworth and Ramsbottom are out it you want a train to Piccadilly. Saddleworth has a train station in greenfield but it goes to Victoria (other side of city centre). Rams bottom has no direct train into Manchester- I think it's the steam train to bury then a tram in. Littleborough has a train although not sure if that goes to Victoria or Piccadilly.

LocalEditorLancashire Wed 04-Jun-14 19:46:46

Appley Bridge, Parbold or possibly Burscough if you want more information you can always ask over here local.mumsnet.com/Talk/local_lancashire especially if you have rightmove links!

Clayhead Wed 04-Jun-14 19:48:34


ShoeWhore Wed 04-Jun-14 20:20:31

Bollington, Marple, Whaley Bridge, Hayfield? Poynton, Disley, Woodford? Wilmslow, Alderley Edge? Mobberley at a push. (nice place but commute might be too far.)

The Heatons are more suburban but lovely.

I love Knutsford but there are a lot of planes and again it might be too far out for you.

Just go north. All those Cheshire places are pointlessly expensive.

The Heatons lovely? Yeah for suburbia.

DameEdnasBridesmaid Wed 04-Jun-14 21:09:50

What about the Pennine villages of Littleborough, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge. They are all stops on the main railway line (Leeds- Manchester), between 20 -30 minutes into Manchester.

The houses are far cheaper than South manchester, some good schools, fantastic scenery, good links by road as well - easy access to M62.

Madcatgirl Wed 04-Jun-14 21:12:13

Broadbottom is lovely and has everything you need.smile

BikeRunSki Wed 04-Jun-14 21:18:31

If you are thinking about driving a rush hour, then Leeds is more than an hour. A lot more. The Hope/Edale valleys are lovely, do have a train to Piccadilly, but it's only once an hour and a bit unreliable in bad weather. I'd advise staying west of the Pennines for hour long commute to Manchester (despite having adopted Yorkshire myself).

BikeRunSki Wed 04-Jun-14 21:20:23

Todmorden, Hebden Bridge way would be ok though.

Cardinal Wed 04-Jun-14 21:36:56

Agree Exit. Go north. It is marvellous! waves

Todmorden is a bit dark. And Hebden Bridge is hippy dippy.

<chucks generalisations around>

momwhereismy Wed 04-Jun-14 22:16:45

jiltedjohns, that looks really nice. I want a detached house! (currently live in a semi and could kill my neighbours :D)
I suppose really as a non native i don't know where to avoid because when i move i want to stay there for the next few years (or at least the same area) for the DC.
Glossop may be nice but out of my price range!!! We will be renting out our house here so need to be able to manage mortgage if for some reason the rent doesn't come in.
Thanks for that negroni, the trainline is very important, as DH doesn't drive

I think Cheshire is out :-o

thanks to everyone for your suggestions it has really been helpful smile

momwhereismy Wed 04-Jun-14 22:34:10

what would Nelson be like?


BikeRunSki Wed 04-Jun-14 22:37:42

I like hippy-dippy.
It's swishy -swashy, muddy-floody you need to be careful of up Hebden/Tod way.

momwhereismy Wed 04-Jun-14 23:13:27

Is that a definite no? :-)

mandy214 Wed 04-Jun-14 23:32:51

I think you might struggle getting a detached for £700 anywhere in south manc, might be a stretch in some parts of North Manc too. If you're considering anywhere on the train route into Piccadilly via Bolton (so from north - preston, chorley, horwich, bolton etc) it is immensely busy. Your DH will stand all the way in and sometimes its so busy the train pulls into the station but doesn't actually open the doors she says bitterly.

My advice would be to test journeys from possible locations at rush hour before you commit to anything.

Selks Wed 04-Jun-14 23:48:28

Nelson sadly is an extremely socially deprived little town with few redeeming features other than being cheap and surrounded by lovely countryside (sorry Nelson). Do not move there. Colne and Burnley are both in the same category.

Todmorden is a decent town with a variety of things going on, good market, rail links, good value decent housing. Hebden Bridge is very scenic, arty, and full of coffee shops but gets crowded with visitors and the road links along the valley are a nightmare....easily 1.5 hours to Central Manchester by road, but better by train.

Lovewhereilive Wed 04-Jun-14 23:52:12

Ramsbottom is great! Lots of little restaurants, a few bars, good pubs. Great countryside for walking and cycling and not far from manchester for shopping/ nightlife.

Lovewhereilive Wed 04-Jun-14 23:52:59

Most of the schools are really good.

JadziaSnax Wed 04-Jun-14 23:55:22

YY to Ramsbottom. Rossendale is within easy commute of Central Manchester too.

Nancery Wed 04-Jun-14 23:56:18

Hebden Bridge is wonderful!


Nancery Wed 04-Jun-14 23:57:24

And it's just under an hour on the train to Manchester

SwedishEdith Thu 05-Jun-14 00:19:13

For rural within an hour of Piccadilly have a look at Strines and New Mills. Also Disley

Chottie Thu 05-Jun-14 21:04:41

<<waves from Alderley Edge>> lovely and rural with a country feel and right on the Edge.

House near Bury advertised today for £750

ThePerfectNegroni Thu 05-Jun-14 21:08:56

Chottie- I suspect OP might struggle to rent a detached house for £700 a month in Alderley Edge- the cheapest one is £2000 a month!

Idontseeanyicegiants Thu 05-Jun-14 21:12:25

Littleborough, Todmorden and Hebden are great places to live BUT a big word of caution. Even though they're on the main train line to Manchester Victoria and the A58 it takes one small accident or one train to be late to snarl up everywhere within a 5 mile radius. I speak from experience.
On the up side they are lovely places and quite cheap to live in.smile

Honsandrevels Thu 05-Jun-14 21:22:44

Ribble Valley is lovely, Whalley, Clitheroe, and there is a train line into Victoria. £700 isn't that much if you want detached though.

frames Thu 05-Jun-14 21:33:03

Croston, Tarleton, Horwich, Rivington, Edgeworth, Tottington, Arlington,Anderson, Chorley.....

frames Thu 05-Jun-14 21:33:46

Should be Adlington....

frames Thu 05-Jun-14 21:36:07

And Anderton... Silly prediction spelling thing. Edgeworth and Tarleton expensive, but all others 700 goes along way

Laquila Thu 05-Jun-14 21:36:14

Gawsworth, Bollington, Marple Bridge, Disley all worth a look - train from Macclesfield to Piccadilly/Marple/Disley

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